RE: CONSTRUCTION OF 200M LINK ROAD AND DRAINS AT IGARRA AKOKO-EDO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY, EDO STATE

The attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has been brought to an online viral video of Friday 2nd July, 2021, as well as the letter dated 5th July, 2021, from the Rt. Hon. Peter O. Akpatason, mni, Deputy House Leader, House of Representatives on the on-going construction of 200m link road and drains at Igarra Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency, Edo State domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Ministry wishes to put the records straight, and as such, states that the said road construction is not a 200m but a 300m Zonal Intervention Project (ZIP) approved in the 2020 Appropriation Act and domiciled under supervision of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The contract was awarded to Messrs. Royal Jeff Nigeria Limited in separate contract award letters based on quarterly releases in the sum of N45, 337,500.48 (Forty five million, three hundred and thirty seven thousand, five hundred Naira, forty eight Kobo) between November, 2020 and March, 2021 with specified Bills of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) commonly called Bill of Quantities (BOQ) through comprehensive procurement processes and not Three Hundred and Sixty Million Naira (N360,000,000) as being speculated in the social media.

The said contractor subsequently mobilized to site after the ministry officially handed over the site to the company and commenced work.

At the time of this development and currently, construction work is still on-going at the site and work done yet to be evaluated, valued, verified and certified for payment formalities. It should be noted that before the contractor will be assessed for payment upon completion of project, proper certifications by the relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) will be carried out.

 However, the public expression of dissatisfaction on the on-going construction works by the said contractor is welcomed and appreciated as this is the feedback expected of beneficiaries of government projects to help hold contractors accountable and achieve value for money.

The Government and good people of Edo State should be rest assured that this development is being closely monitored to ensure that the contractor complies with the BOQ standard and where found unsatisfactory, payment will not be processed.

Nigeria Can Become World’s Largest Cashew Producer – Nanono

Nigeria has the potential to become the largest producer of Cashew in the world, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Muhammed, Sabo Nanono has said. With an estimated production capacity of 250,000 metric tons per annum, Nanono said that Nigeria is currently the fourth-largest producer in the world and second in Africa with twenty-seven states and the FCT cultivating cashew.

The minister made this known while inaugurating the Nigeria Cashew Value Chain Working Committee on Thursday 8th July 2021 in Abuja. According to him, exports of cashew between 2015 and 2017 earned Nigeria over eight hundred million US dollars ($800 million). This, he added, has made the commodity an important export-oriented cash crop and a significant non – oil export earner.

Nanono, however, lamented that while Nigeria has about 100,000 cultivable lands for producing cashew, she was only able to produce 450 kilograms per hectare as opposed to Ivory Coast which produces 750 kilograms per hectare on only 32,000 surface area. The Nigerian cashew policy environment, the Minister noted, had remained static and has slowed down the development of the sector. In a statement signed by the Technical Adviser (Media) to the minister, Ahmed Aminu, Nanono disclosed that his ministry in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded West Africa PRO – Cashew Project has constituted a committee to develop a five-year working document.

The document will enable Nigeria to realize the enormous potentials available in the Nigerian Cashew Value Chain, the minister said.

Nanono, therefore, tasked the 26-person committee to work assiduously to develop the working plan to increase cashew productivity, quality, value addition, and access to markets.

Improved Aquaculture Sub-Sector will increase Domestic Production and Grow the GDP – Nanono

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment towards improving the Aquaculture sub-sector, increase domestic production of fish to reduce importation of frozen fish into the country and growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the Agric sector. He stated that the Ministry under the Present Administration is pursuing a holistic approach to the development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sub-Sector through the diversification Programme of Mr President along the value chain process, adding that development of the nation’s fisheries and aquaculture sector is highly critical to this.

Speaking during the International Dialogue on the Transformation and Future of Aquatic Food Systems in Nigeria, held today at the Chelsea Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja, the Minister who was represented by the Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Dr Ime Umoh. He said ‘’the important role of fish in food and nutrition security cannot be overemphasized, being a good source of protein for a human diet containing essential amino acids required by humans in the right quantities which are usually lacking in most national staple foods; Fish, therefore, remains a valuable nutritional supplement and a virile candidate for addressing food and nutrition security in Nigeria’’.Nanono stated that despite the potential impacts of the fisheries and aquaculture resources, the sector is however confronted with numerous challenges including the high cost of inputs, use of unimproved breeds in aquaculture, need for improved access to finance.

He pointed out that the ministry is willing to engage and partner with all stakeholders for the development of the sector for economic development, wealth and job creation as well as food and nutrition security. The minister informed that ‘’ the vision of Mr President is to grow Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector to achieve a hunger-free Nigeria through Agriculture that drives income growth, accelerates achievements of food and nutritional security, generates employment and transforms Nigeria into a leading player in global food/fish market to create wealth for millions of practitioners’’.He expressed optimism that ‘’ the outcome of this dialogue will feed into the development of a consolidated country report.

Hence, as you subject every item on the agenda to scrutiny through the various break out groups, to identify key recommendations that will bring notable transformation to the aquatic food systems of the country’’.He noted that Ministry has played a key role in addressing aquatic food systems in Nigeria notably amongst are: Backward integration policy of Government to encourage fish importers to go into commercial aquaculture (pond and cage culture) of fish and shrimp farming, the establishment of fish farm clusters nationwide, the establishment of fish feed mills in each of the six (6) geo-political zones of the country. Other Programme includes Lake Enhancement programmes for stock assessment and stocking of water bodies nationwide to increase their productivity, capacity building of farmers, extension workers, women, and youth with the provision of starter packs for job and wealth creation, among others, Nanono added.

The Minister appreciated the commitment of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the entire Ministry team towards organizing the Programme and ensuring that it becomes a reality.In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, who was represented by the Head of Aquaculture and Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Mr Istifanus Pwaspo stated that “fish is one of the cheapest and predominant sources of animal protein in Nigeria. It accounts for about 50% of total animal protein consumed in Nigeria with a per capital consumption of 17.5 Kg /person/year. In this regard, the total demand for fish is 3.6 million tons annually while Nigeria is producing 1.1million tons from all sources (Aquaculture, artisanal and Industrial sectors) leaving a deficit of about 2.5 million tons to be supplemented by importation”.Dr. Umakhihe pointed out that “It is estimated that over 10 million Nigerians are actively engaged in primary and secondary fisheries operations.

The contribution of fisheries to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is about 4.5%”.In his remark, the Country Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Dr. Michael Ojo stated that Nigeria has seen significant growth in production over the past 18 years ‘’ but we still have a large supply deficit limiting access for consumers and potentially contribute to the relatively high cost of aquatic foods.Dr. Ojo disclosed that ‘’ the factors that constrain the supply of safe and affordable fisheries products to meet consumer demand are multiple and reside at many different points in the supply chain’’

FG Set to Implement the National Agricultural Data Management Information System (NADMIS) – To Strengthen Data And Information Services in the Agric Sector.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe has stated that the implementation of the National Agricultural Data Management Information System(NADMIS), would strengthen the data Information system for policy, planning and tracking of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Agricultural sector. He said that NADMIS will act as an instrument for the resuscitation and revitalization of data and information services at both the Federal and State Ministries of Agriculture in the country.

The Permanent Secretary ably represented by the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Mrs Karima Babaginda, made this known during the opening ceremony of the National Validation of Country Data Set for 3rd Biennial Review Exercise on the Implementation of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, held at Rock View Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday, 7th July 2021, He said preparation has reached an advanced stage for Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) to facilitate the second phase of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Nigeria.

Dr. Umakhihe informed that ‘’ the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), remains the initiative of the African Heads of States launched and adopted in 2003 in Maputo Mozambique, with a commitment to dedicating 10% of the annual national budget and ensuring 6% annual growth in the sector, for enhanced public spending, food security and poverty alleviation in the continent’’.

He stated that an integral part of the CAADP’s implementation process is a continuous sector performance appraisal through the platforms of a national annual Joint Sector Review and a continental Biennial Review. In this regard, Nigeria’s average performances at the inaugural and second biennial review exercises were attributed to the issues of data gaps. The Permanent Secretary pointed out that ‘’ Nigeria signed the CAADP Compact on 30th October 2009, prepared the first National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP I) 2011 – 2014 in December 2010 and established a CAADP Country Team Structure for implementation. Similarly, the 2nd NAIP-2017-2020 was developed and implemented under the sector framework of the Agricultural Promotion Policy’’.

Umakhihe explained that ‘’the Ministry in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Commodity Associations and Agricultural Platform Companies launched the Agric for Food and Jobs Programme, a sectoral component of the 2020 Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, to support smallholder farmers with inputs for enhanced productivity’’.
He stressed that ‘’ the Federal Government is steadily dedicating huge resources to the development of rural infrastructure, the training of youths to serve as Extension agents, the provision of agricultural machinery to expand the cultivable land area, the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan and the acceleration of fisheries and aquaculture production in the country’’.

He urged the stakeholders at the forum to produce a credible and complete data set that would enable Nigeria to be on track in achieving the Commitments for the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme.
Umakhihe added that ‘’ we are to use our experience and resource to assess, input and endorse the country’s populated data set in the biennial review reporting template before we submit it to the African Union Commission through the Economic Community for the West African States’’.

In his welcome address, the Director, Planning and Policy Coordination Department in the Ministry, Mr Zubairu Abdullahi, who was represented by the Deputy Director in the Department, Mr. Ibrahim Tanimu said that ‘’ Nigeria had since 2003 been part of the conceptualization, adoption and implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme [CAADP], initiated by the African Union under the New Partnership for Africa Development to increases public spending in agriculture, accelerate sector growth and track the entire process through robust data generation for a continental biennial performance review’’.
He stated that ‘’to make Nigeria achieve a better result, state and non-state actors; synergy is highly required by harnessing all available data in the country. That is, we should focus this validation exercise on the policies, strategies and programmes that had been executed along with research development, value chain, financial inclusion and agribusiness undertakings to diversify the economy, create wealth for Nigerians and foster national development’’.
In his remarks, the CAADP Focal Point Officer in Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, appealed to the Federal Government to increase the Agricultural sector budgetary provision to meet 10% of the total annual national budget as recommended and adopted by the Africa Head of States in Maputo 2003.

He stated that the Federal Government should allocate more funds in the Sector to address areas of investment that would increase the Agricultural GDP to at least 6%. He further said that stakeholders are expected to support the CAADP team with relevant data based on the indicators for tracking the country’s performance on the implementation of CAADP in Nigeria.

Panel Submits Report of FCAPT Probe

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono, on Friday 18th June 2021 received the submission of a report from the investigation panel for the Federal College Of Agricultural Produce Technology Kano on Friday in Abuja.

Recall that Minister Nanono during an impromptu visit to the College in May 2021 expressed sadness over unsavory occurrences at the College, which he said, continue to factionalize every arm of the institution, thus negating the smooth running of its academic and administrative function.
The Minister also instituted an Administrative Investigative Panel to probe activities at the College with a view to decisively dealing with those thwarting the smooth running of the College.
The Committee has on Friday 18th June 2021 fulfilled its mandate by submitting its findings after a thorough investigation.

Receiving the report at his office in Abuja, Alhaji Sabo Nanono commended the committee members for the timely composition and submission of the report, said all the findings and recommendations will be followed to restore normalcy in the college.
The Committee was chaired by Prof. Ibrahim Umar Abubakar, former Director Institute for Agricultural Research ABU, Zaria while Mr. Mahmoud Bello of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria served as Secretary. Other members of the committee are Mrs. Patience Yamah, DD Human resources FMARD, Alh. Ladan Isah former Bursar College Of Animal Health Vom and Mrs. Abioka, Legal Adviser FMARD.

PHOTOS-NCARD21: FG Establishes a Portal for 10 Million Farmers, to Ensure Effective Monitoring of Agricultural Interventions.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has revealed that the Ministry has established an online portal to ensure efficient and effective monitoring of Federal Government intervention in the Agric sector. The initiative would capture the biodata of the farmers and link it with Geographical information of their farmed plots, crops, and the volumes of production in the country.   

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 44th council meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD), held at the International Conference Centre, today, Thursday 17th June 2021, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono stated that ‘’ Although we initially set out to capture the data of 2.4 million farmers across the country, the results from the exercise have encouraged the Economic Sustainability Plan Team to expand the data capture to 10 million farmers’’

 The Minister stated that the database will be “a platform for the Federal Government interventions going forward, putting an end to ghost schemes and other unscrupulous practices in the agricultural industry”.
 Alhaji Sabo Nanono noted that ‘’ a major hallmark of our agricultural interventions is inclusiveness. We have catered for the youths, women, and many demographic considerations in our implementation strategies’’.
 Nanono explained that  ‘’ as a stop-gap intervention, we launched the Agric for Food and Jobs Program, originally conceived as an input loan for smallholder farmers across several commodities including maize, rice, cotton, groundnut, sorghum, cowpea, soybean, sesame, cassava and oil – palm’’.

 He further said ‘’ the scheme brought into a partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Commodity Association and Agricultural Platform Companies for effective facilitation. This we believe will not only improve production significantly but also aid in the off – taking of produce while providing input at a reduced price due to economy of scale’’.
 The Minister noted that  ‘’ the challenges brought by the emergence of the COVID – 19 Pandemic, floods, and insecurity has galvanized the government into setting up a necessary structure to address the infrastructural deficiency, technology gaps, security challenges, and extension inadequacy. This approach is believed to be the right one for achieving our desired economic diversification and national development’’.
He noted that the NCARD would promote the existing policies, programmes, and projects at the national and sub-national levels for the purpose of entrenching synergy, best practices, entrepreneurship, livelihood, and growth in the sector.Nanono reemphasized that ‘’ agricultural productivity can only improve through the mechanization of production activities. In our effort to improve the agricultural production profile of the country, we have entered into a partnership with the government of Brazil through one of their foremost technology transfer, the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV)’’.
He further said that  ‘’ this partnership has yielded an Agricultural Mechanization loan to the tune of Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Million euros. This shall be granted to Nigerian entrepreneurs to establish service centers across all the 774 Local Government of the country, selling services to all categories of farmers and thereby helping to improve their productivity’’.
‘’The services centers shall be either a Type 1, supporting production activities or Type 2, supporting processing and packaging activities’’, he said. 
The Minister informed that  ‘’ the ministry in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has been working to exploit a strategic advantage in the production of commodities like sesame, hibiscus, cotton and sorghum to improve production protocols to conform with internationally acceptable standards, maintenance of an exporters’ directory and exporter certificate verification ‘ portal’’.
He stressed that ‘’ the ministry has embarked on increasing the number of available extension workers in the different aspects of our operations. This year, about One Thousand Two Hundred Extension Workers have been trained ‘’.The Minister highlighted that ‘’ with the green imperative project launching soon, there is a component of it that will see the training of extension workers in agricultural mechanization and other important aspects of crop and livestock operations’’.
He pointed out that  ‘’ the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), has been adjudged worldwide to be a well-conceived project which seeks to transform our livestock sector from the nomadic – dependent sector into an organized ranching one.

He added that ‘’ to this end,22 state and Federal Capital Territory have registered with the NLTP Office .seven of these 10 states have also earmarked about 19 Grazing reserves for the implementation of the NLTP, with a total land size of approximately 400,000 hectares”.
According to him, it is, therefore, safe to say, that NLTP, when fully implemented will bring an end to the incessant clashes between the farmers and herdsmen at the same time introduce the herders to the modern way of raising cattle, with all added benefits of improved feeding, animal and human, genetic improvement, value addition and better socio-economic standing for all participants’’.

In his remarks, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, represented by the Special Assistant, Prof. Mohammed Usman, said that the theme of this year’s Council meeting ” Agriculture and Food Security in the face of COVID – 19, Floods and Insecurity is apt enough and a reminder to the effect that we are yet to win the fight on COVID – 19 Pandemic. He added there is a need for robust interaction and ideas among stakeholders on how to reposition the Agricultural sector.

In his welcome address, the Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri said that ‘’ Nigeria economy had its GDP contracted for two consecutive terms of the second and third quarter in 2020; leading to recession. It was in the 4th quarter of 2020 that the economy returned to positive growth with GDP expanding to 0.1% from the contraction of 3.6% (negative growth) experienced in the 3 quarter. The feat was achieved through the contribution mainly attributed to the performance of agricultural sector’.

Hon Baba Shehuri observed that ‘’ as matter of fact, local production of maize, rice, cassava, potatoes, yam, and other staples steadily increased, it is also the same story in livestock, fisheries and dairy sector. The fact that we did not import food during the lockdown era was a testimony that we can grow what we eat and eat what we produce’’.  In his goodwill message, the Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, Hon. Muntari Mohammed Dandutse stated the National Assembly would fast-track the bills been raise as an outcome or resolution of the NCARD towards achieving food security and job creation.

While giving a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Ernest A. Umakhihe, thanked the stakeholders for their commitment and technical support during the 44th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development. 

FG Convenves NCARD as Stakeholders Strategize to Mitigate Global Hunger Concerns on 20 Nations.

The 44th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development ( NCARD), kicked off on Tuesday 15th June 2021 in Abuja with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ernest A. Umakhihe declaring the Technical Session open. According to Dr. Umakhihe, the NCARD which theme is ” Nigeria’s Agriculture and Food Security in the face of COVID – 19, Floods and Insecurity ” is geared primarily towards assessing the effects of extant policies and programs, fine-tuning existing strategies, and shaping initiatives for agricultural development in Nigeria.

This he said is so because the arising challenges from COVID- 19, floods, and Insecurity has conveniently placed Agriculture as a springboard for socio-economic recovery, stabilization, and growth in the face of food Insecurity.In a welcome address by the Federal Capital Territory, ( FCT), Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Ibe Prospect, noted that the coming of COVID -19 is a wakeup call for a new beginning in Agriculture because this has shown that nations unable to sustain their internal food supply may not survive in times of grave demand posed by disasters like COVID – 19.

Presenting a paper ” promoting private investments and financing agribusiness value chains in the face of COVID- 19 Pandemic, floods and Insecurity “, Abdul – Azeez Olumiywa stated that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FAO), and World Food Programme (WFP), in recent reports stated that ” acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries without urgent and scaled-up assistance of which Yemen, South Sudan and Northern Nigeria top the list “. The report ascribed the causative factors to Insecurity ( conflict other forms of violence), COVID – 19, and climactic extremes especially delays in the onset of rainfall as a result of climatic change.

In recognizing these challenges, Dr. Umakhihe stated that being aware and cautious of the impact of COVID- 19 on the global community, as well as climatic change, flooding, and Insecurity that is posing a threat to global food security and Nigeria in particular, stakeholders in the 44th NCARD should consider themselves as engine room and should deliberately put strategies in place and explore linkages for an increase in production, processing, and marketing within the agribusiness ecosystem, to avert food crisis and engender food sufficiency for the growing Nigerian population The Permanent Secretary stated that the Federal Government is committed to implementing the framework of the National Economic Sustainability Plan and the Nigerian Agricultural Technology and Innovation Plan as a strategy for food resilience and economic development.

He highlighted the Federal Government’s efforts in the sector to include: “the provision of Mechanization, inputs to farmers, training of extension agents on extension service delivery in the crop, fishery, and livestock value chain activities and construction of mini earth dam for irrigation activities “.Dr. Umakhihe informed that “others are the facilitation of rice, milk, Cassava Processing plants, Bush clearing, farmers Market, Commercial pasture plots, Windmill powered boreholes and Rural roads. Similar is the conduct of Aerial spray against the seasonal invasion of quelea birds in the North East and North West frontline States to migrate losses “.

He emphasized the commitment of the ministry “be tied to the commodity value chain concept of strengthening sectoral linkages, Import substitution initiatives, value-added Processing, and Export-oriented activities in the country”.Umakhihe stressed the importance of sustaining the collaboration on agribusiness initiatives to facilitate incentives to researchers, farmers, and processors geared towards an increase in agricultural output and match National requirements. He pointed out that “this will encourage more individuals and institutions to invest in agriculture and create livelihoods and wealth for the populace. Therefore, we must sustain our cooperation on Agriculture and food security for socio-economic development in Nigeria “.Other thought-provoking presentations were made by Engr. Aleode Isedu, Nasir Yammama, Dr. Jinandu Maina and lead presenter, Prof. Gbolagade Ayoola ,among others .

Training: Agribusiness Off-Taker and Smallholder Farmer Relationships

The third capacity-building training for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development staff was held on 7th – 8th June 2021 at IITA, Ibadan.  The training organized by sahel consulting in partnership with IITA was attended by 33 participants selected from FMARD departments, ten of which were from the state offices in Kano, Kebbi, Benue, Edo, Anambra, Ekiti, Katsina, Gombe, Niger and the rest from the Abuja office.

The objectives for the training were for the participants to:

  • Understand the significance of smallholder farmers and agribusiness off-takers in the Nigerian agricultural sector and their prospects in achieving sustainable food systems.
  • Examine possible solutions to food waste that occur in rural smallholder farms due to market linkage restrictions.
  • Assess the significance of agribusiness off-takers in improving the food supply chain and enhancing small scale farmers income especially those in rural areas.
  • Examine past and existing policies that affect relations between farmers and offtakers on the food supply chain using selected countries as case studies.
  • Assess the other exogenous factors that could influence effective relationships between agribusiness off takers and smallholder farmers in Nigeria    

  

 

 

 

Participants were taken through the different types of farmer-off-taker engagements, the stakeholders in the agribusiness landscape, the significance of the smallholder farmer, the urgency of shifting from subsistence to commercialized farming, the role of FMARD in fostering an enabling environment for food security in Nigeria, Farmer Cooperatives Model, and how to measure and evaluate successful farmer-off-taker relationships.

 

The training also incorporated a facility tour of IITA where participants visited the Cassava Processing Unit, the Yam Aeroponics Center, the Afla-safe Lab, the Bioscience center, Gene lab and the dam that allows for year-round planting.

Participants reported that this training has enabled them to share experiences and see the need to; improve FMARD’s ability to track, support and regulate off-taker-farmer engagements by setting up an identification and record keeping system; improve the quality of extension services and cooperative interactions by leveraging on mentorship and coaching services provided by private sector organizations; and to collaborate better with research & technical institutes to gain access to data and training services.

 


Nigerian Farmers And Agribusiness Awards (NFA Awards, 2021)

Following the earlier approval of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to collaborate and partner with African Farming Project and jointly organize the Nigerian Farmers’ and Agribusiness Award (NFA Awards, 2021) which was ratified by signing of a MoU by both parties on 30th December, 2020. The preparation for the ceremony has commenced. Join Us,  Progam of event

Nanono Seeks Strategic Partnership and Collaboration with Stakeholders in the Fertilizer Industry for Increased Production

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has advocated for a more strategic partnership and robust collaboration with Stakeholders in the fertilizer industry to boost its production and develop the sector. He said the effort would ensure its affordability, increased production, self–sufficiency, easy access to products by the farmers, and achieve food and nutrition security.

The Minister made this known over the weekend, during a working visit to the facility of Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (IEFCL), located at Eleme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Alhaji Sabo Nanono acknowledged the company for being a strategic partner in the development of the agricultural sector, especially in the supply of fertilizer products like NPK, UREA, and DAP to farmers across the country.

Alhaji Nanono also commended the Organisation for going beyond the sale of Urea fertilizer to farmers, to engaging in extensive Agronomy and Agricultural Extension Services and other laudable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across the country geared towards improving the quality of lives of the farmers and food production. According to him, ‘’ the company is deeply embedded in the agricultural transformation agenda of President Mohammed Buhari’s Administration and the Nation’s Economic Development in general.

The Minister lauded Indorama for its massive supply of Urea fertilizers to over 70% of farmers in Nigeria as well as using its blending plants for the production of NPK fertilizers at a subsidized price to Smallholder farmers.Nanono expressed satisfaction with Indorama for its excellent environment, production capacity, creating employment, and providing business opportunities for Nigerian graduates, artisans, farmers, and entrepreneurs.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Indorama Fertilizer, Mr. Munish Jindal, stated that the vision of the company is to build the largest petrochemicals and fertilizer hub of Africa in Nigeria and to empower the Nigerian farmers by ensuring the production of quality fertilizer. The highlight of the working visit was the guided tour of the facility with different sections of the Trains 1 and 2 fertilizer plants including the State-of-the-art Control Rooms, the Ammonia Plants, Urea plants, Power plants, and gagging section. The Organisation has two fertilizer plants with a production capacity of 3 million metric tons of Urea fertilizer per annum.

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